Austin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2018, when he was just three years old. He was having trouble breathing, and the ER doctors discovered a large mass covering his airway and heart. The mass was a collection of white blood cells, which had been multiplying out of control. During his first nine months of intense chemotherapy, we watched him gain and lose weight, multiple times. We watched his hair fall out, multiple times. We watched him cry because he didn’t like how he looked. We watched him struggle with side effects—vomiting, numbness in his hands and feet, decreased coordination. We watched him endure countless needle sticks, chemo infusions, blood and platelet transfusions, sedations, surgeries, infections, and inpatient stays.
Austin’s treatment will last until January 2022. It includes daily chemo pills, weekly chemo pills, weekly antibiotics, monthly steroids, and has monthly IV chemo and quarterly spinal chemo with sedation. He still has a long road ahead, but he is a FIGHTER and we know he’s destined for great things!
We are so grateful to the BTB Foundation for the support they’ve given our family, for the wonderful work they do to promote awareness of childhood cancers, for Jackie (our Champion!), and to EVERYONE who supports the BTB Foundation!